The City and Borough of Juneau’s recent study of whether to reopen the AJ Mine put a spotlight on the city’s drinking water supply. The old mine’s ore body sits adjacent to, atop and below the city’s main water source, Last Chance Basin. Opponents of rekindling the mine say it would put Juneau’s drinking water in jeopardy.
As Casey Kelly reports, one former city official and one who’s retiring soon think the city should explore alternative water supplies regardless of whether the AJ moves forward.
- Anchorage-based singer-songwriter Sophia Street and James Goodreau dropped into KTOO’s arts room to play a Red Carpet Concert.
- A bill to break up the FAA and privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers cleared the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House Thursday night.
- "Her focus on education, her focus on examining our city budget at a really deep level, not just a broad stroke policy level, but getting into the line items – I think that’s a really valuable for assembly members to go after the budget work," said Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl.
- Rep. Les Gara wants to make sure state budget cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people. Instead, he wants a new business tax.